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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla™ by Nigel McFarlane

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3.3. Understanding Font Systems

Displaying text is not a simple process at all. To display text on a bitmapped interface (a non-character-based terminal), every character in the text must be rendered into a set of pixels. Mozilla is sensitive to the way this is done, and applications or HTML pages can look good or bad as a result. Problems exist mostly on UNIX platforms. Figure 3.3 shows the letter A as rendered on the screen by Mozilla under four different circumstances.

Figure 3.3. Four Mozilla glyphs for the letter A across Windows and UNIX.

Each of these characters (a glyph) is taken from one Mozilla window. In each case, the style

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